It is comprised of the prevention, diagnosis and management of a wide range of diseases and hospital-based interventional procedures.
Conditions commonly seen include:
- Asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Chronic headaches such as migraine or tension-type headache
- Digestive disorders, for example, acid reflux, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease
- Endocrine (glandular) disorders such as under-active thyroid
- Recurrent infections, such as colds, sore throats, cystitis, thrush, chest infections and bacterial infections
- Side effects of prescribed medications
- Some persistent symptoms where tests have not revealed a serious underlying disorder
- Some types of heart disease, high blood pressure and palpitations (requiring no orthodox treatment)
- Type II diabetes
There are many specialities within the umbrella term general medicine, and at the last count, there were 30 specialities (including sub-specialities) available. These include but are not limited to cardiology, dermatology, immunology, neurology, and tropical medicine.